CREATED Jan. 14, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- In this tough economy, there are plenty of people desperate for work. But as one local recently learned, you can't trust every job offer that comes your way. In tonight's Contact 13 consumer alert, Action News anchor Tricia Kean has a warning about what to look out for.
"Oh, we've applied at almost every casino," says Brian Jia.
He needs a job. In fact, so does his wife. The Las Vegas resident says they've been looking for about a year, and have applying online for anything they can find.
"Everything coming up. We went and just give out application and resume. Nothing coming back," says Brian.
He also posted his resume online. And finally last November, he received an email that caught his attention.
"A massage saying would you like to work for $500 a week as a personal assistant," says Brian.
Brian says he was interested and wrote back asking for some details. About a week later, he was surprised to get a response back stating: "job application approved." It was from a Dr. Jeff Larry, who claimed he was moving to Las Vegas and wanted to hire Brian. The email also asked for Brian's personal information.
"Name, address, email, phone number all kind of information. That really ring a bell that oh no," says Brian.
So Brian emailed Contact 13, wanting to know is this legit? We emailed Dr. Larry, but never heard back.
The Better Business Bureau says that's because it's a scam. An obvious sign, is the fact that the writer doesn't even know Brian's name, and has to ask for it.
Also, these kind of fake emails often come from overseas, and are full of poor grammer and misspellings. A good example of that, is the unusual way the doctor talks about his busy schedule. the email reads: "I most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy personal administrative assistant." It goes on to say: "I have confident in you that you can take-up the challenge." We told Brian this is definitely a scam, and now he wants to warn others.
"Be careful. There's lots of scams. This one seemed really legitimate, seemed believable," says Brian.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line. The BBB says never give your personal information to someone you don't know. Do your homework first, and verify if the person or company is legit. And remember, no one will give you a job before you even apply. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you're still not sure, then don't forget we've got your back Las Vegas. Send us an email, and we'll see what we can do to help. Just write to firstname.lastname@example.org. For Contact 13, I'm Tricia Kean.